August 10, 2016

The Weekly No. 005: The Road Less Travelled...

by Chris Randall
 



A nice trip to Oregon last week; visited my mom on the Coast, did an event at Control Voltage in Portland, and visited my 90-yr-old grandparents in Eastern Oregon. A lot of driving, but good fun overall.

Side note: while I generally do the requisite things to keep my creative batteries charged, all the usual shit that everyone does, once in a while, a good set of circumstances can give me an extra boost, and that occurred Saturday morning in Portland. I had some time to kill, and the hotel was right next to the Portland Art Museum, so I figured "fuck it, let's go have a look." The Portland Art Museum has a relatively small permanent collection, largely given to portraits of overweight Flemish bankers, like most small museums that exist due to the largess of a cattle baron or some such. So most of the museum is given over to temporary exhibits.

The combination of shows at the PDX museum last weekend was really stellar, is all I'm saying. In particular, there was an installation of material studies from Allied Works Architecture that really got my gears turning. Super inspirational. I think I caught it on its last day there, but what a great exhibit. Also, the new collection of graphic art in the basement is well worth a look if you're in Portland.

Anyhow, I'm changing the schedule on these videos a bit. I've moved The Weekly to mid-week, and Tech Time will stay in the weekends. Since those are more popular, I'm going to devote the entire weekend to their creation, and bang out The Weekly during the work week, since it is inherently easier to do.

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Aug.10.2016 @ 6:57 PM
bongo_x
Getting lost and taking roads I don't know is pretty much how I drive. You just have to know that getting in the car with me. It's kind of a quantum thing, I can't tell you with certainty where we're going, just the odds of ending up at various locations.

I don't know how the museum business works, but the differences are interesting. I always assumed it was all bigger is better, but I'm finding otherwise. The big place in the middle of Vancouver has always been extremely underwhelming when I've been there, the Frist in Nashville is a little place which has consistently great exhibits with no permanent collection that I know of. I've driven 3 hours just to go there several times. I will never forget being there for a completely different exhibit and walking around the corner to a back room and seeing works by U-ram Choe for the first time. Mind blown.
 
 

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